>Europe, Day 1 (Paris and Brussels)


Greetings from Brussels, Belgium! Today was the first day of the Summer Study Tour to Europe for Educators. As you may know, 15 of us just arrived in Europe via the new Pittsburgh –> Paris nonstop flight from Delta.

After departing Pittsburgh around 6:15 PM last night, the group landed in Paris around 8:00 AM. This new nonstop flight is very convenient and highly recommended. Following adventures with immigration, baggage collection, and customs, we headed to Paris Gare du Nord (the north train station) to stow our luggage. After a few challenges with the storage lockers, we were set to see Paris!

We took the Metro to the Arc de Triomphe, which was breathtaking. Then it was time for lunch at a small outdoor cafe on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. We were a bit short on time at that point, so we headed immediately back to Gare du Nord to collect our bags and catch our train to Brussels.

Upon arrival at the Royal Windsor Hotel in Brussels, we checked in, marveled at the view from our hotel windows (well…some of us did, in any case), and traveled down the street to the Grand Place. After having dinner at a lovely outdoor cafe — mussels were big hit with our group this evening — we did a bit more sightseeing in the neighborhood and headed back to our rooms for an “early” bedtime. Though — it’s 10:30 PM, and still light outside! Very strange for bedtime, don’t you think??

Tomorrow starts a busy week. We begin with meetings from the US Mission to the European Union, followed by a visit to the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.

More updates later. Ciao!


One Comment on “>Europe, Day 1 (Paris and Brussels)”

  1. Annie Prucey says:

    >Thanks for the update and the beautiful photos – can't wait to hear more about the study tour!

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